April 1st, 2014
PAWTUCKET - Clarisse Bachand, 88, died peacefully on Monday, March 31, 2014 at Jeanne Jugan Residence, surrounded by her loving and devoted sons. She was the beloved wife of the late Harold Bachand to whom she was married for 52 years. Clarisse was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Edmond and Bernadette (Breault) Gevry and was a lifelong resident of the Blackstone Valley.
Ruth Grace Gauvin
PAWTUCKET - Ruth Grace (Delaney) Gauvin of Pawtucket passed away on March 31, 2014 surrounded by her loving family.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years Raymond E. Gauvin.
CUMBERLAND - Mildred Curry of Cumberland died on March 31, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Joseph Curry. They had been married sixty two years.
Mrs. Curry was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late Florida (Gendron) Lumnah. She was an assembler at A-T Cross in Lincoln for many years.
Besides her husband Joe, Mrs. Curry is survived by her sons; Michael Curry of Cumberland and Paul Curry and his wife Brenda of Palmer, Ma. She also leaves her Grandchildren, Joshua, Jason, and Devan. Mrs. Curry also had many nieces and nephews.
Claire R. Fitzgaireld
WILLOW, AK - Claire Rattey Fitzgaireld, 79, of Willow, died of natural causes March 22, 2014 at her home. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, April 12th at 10 AM at St Christopher Catholic Church in Willow, AK. Father Andrew will be conducting. Following the Mass, at 11:30 AM there will be a Celebration of Life potluck for friends and family at the Willow Community Center.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The chairman of the Cumberland Fire Districtâ€™s Board of Trustees Monday said the district will recover most of the money that was allegedly embezzled by the districtâ€™s former treasurer-collector Karen B. Lambert.
The money will come in the form of an $83,000 insurance payout, reimbursement for roughly the same amount of money allegedly stolen by Lambert who was arrested last week, says James Leonard.
PAWTUCKET â€“ â€śChampions Riseâ€ť is once again en vogue at McCoy Stadium. This time, though, the popular slogan is not directly paying homage to the buildingâ€™s primary tenants.
Last year, â€śChampions Riseâ€ť was synonymous with the Pawtucket Red Sox and the franchiseâ€™s 2012 Governorsâ€™ Cup title. As patrons passed through the main entrance at McCoy, they were greeted by a colossal banner that proved a fitting salute to a fitting champion.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As Kevin Boles discovered this spring, the day-to-day duties and responsibilities of managing the Pawtucket Red Sox will come in good time.
Reached over the weekend from Fort Myers, Boles noted that he and PawSox coach Bruce Crabbe remained with the parent club until the near completion of Grapefruit League play. Keeping the Triple-A manager around the big-league atmosphere is a fairly common practice for the Red Sox, as Boles recalled that his PawSox predecessor, Gary DiSarcina, reported to the minors just as camp was set to conclude.
Annette D. McVeigh
PAWTUCKET - Annette D. McVeigh, 89, of Pawtucket, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014.
She was the wife of the late Francis McVeigh. Born in Fall River, MA, she was the daughter of the late Emile and Ida (Levesque) Laliberte.
She is survived by 3 children, Michael McVeigh of Warwick, Gail Parkinson of West Warwick, and Brian McVeigh of Cranston, 2 sisters, Dorothy Cuddy of Attleboro, MA, and Lucille Gendreau of Pawtucket, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. She was the great grandmother of the late Jordan Parkinson.
Mildred B. Terry
PAWTUCKET - Mildred B. Terry, of Fogarty Manor, Funeral Service Wednesday at 11 AM. Relatives And Friends may call from 9 AM. For full obituary, www.coelhofuneralhome.net
Barbara A. Tordoff
GLENDALE - Barbara A. Tordoff (Minchin) 81, of Glendale, died March 29, 2014. She was the wife of the late William E. Tordoff Sr. Mrs. Tordoff was born in Pawtucket. She was a daughter of the late Clifford and Gladys (Armitage) Minchin. She was an avid Red Sox fan.
She is survived by three children, Lynn A. Tordoff, Bill Tordoff Jr. and Bob Tordoff and his wife Leslie. One Sister Nancy Prete, three grandchildren and her little dog Jake.
SMITHFIELD â€“ â€śShall there be a convention to amend or revise the (Rhode Island) constitution?â€ť
That question will be on the ballot given to all voters in the November election.
Former R.I. Supreme Court Justice Robert Flanders, for one, will answer that question in the affirmative.
In a recent conversation with former Central Falls basketball standout Rob Alers, he was asked the whereabouts of fellow C.F. alumnus and his roommate at Lyndon State, George Carle.
With immediate confidence â€“ the kind that comes when youâ€™re pretty sure about something â€“ Alers ventured a guess as to his good friendâ€™s location on the Vermont-based campus.
â€śHeâ€™s probably in the gym as we speak,â€ť was what Alersâ€™ senses were telling him.
PAWTUCKETâ€”The Chief Coutu Memorial Walk/5K Road Race will be held in Slater Memorial Park, Pawtucket, on Sunday, March 30. A two-mile walk will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the fully sanctioned 5K race at 10 a.m.
Proceeds will be used to create a park dedicated to the memory of Central Falls Fire Chief Robert A. Coutu and his son, Fire Chief Rene R. Coutu. The park will be located at the corner of Lewis and Hunt streets in Central Falls. It will be dedicated on International Firefighters Day, May 4, at noon.
Charles A. Abdelahad
PAWTUCKET - Charles A. Abdelahad, 95, passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on Friday, March 28, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Nora (Amir) Abdelahad for 65 years. Born in Boston, he was a son of the late Assad and Ramza (Bargoot) Abdelahad.
Robert M. Porrello
PAWTUCKET - Robert M. Porrello, 63 formerly of Pawtucket died Wednesday in his home in Providence.
He was the son of the late Diane Lussier and brother of the late Daniel P. Porrello and the late Richard Lussier.
He leaves his long term companion Diane Dorvilier. He also leaves his brothers John Lussier and Dean Lussier and a sister Anita Lussier.
He worked the majority of his life as an exceptional auto mechanic.
Calling hours are Monday, 10 -11 a.m. with a service following at Bell Funeral Home, Providence RI.
Mary S. Moran
PAWTUCKET - Mary S. (Keenan) Moran, 81, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 27, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Paul R. Moran, Sr. for 56 years. Born in Cranston, she was a daughter of the late James and Mary "May" (Dion) Keenan. Mary was the Vice President of Rhode Island Lithograph Co., Pawtucket for 45 years until her retirement several years ago. She and her husband enjoyed traveling and spending time together in Florida.
As always before each practice session, head coach Lisa Bessette addressed her Pawtucket Pacers on Tuesday night, detailing what four groups of athletes would be doing for the next 75 minutes to prepare for the upcoming Special Olympics Rhode Island's Northern Area Games, those slated for Saturday, May 3 at Bryant University.
She stood in the middle of the Francis J. Varieur Elementary School's cafeteria/gymnasium, laying down the groundwork not only for that competition but also the SORI's State Games at the University of Rhode Island beginning May 30.
Editor's note: This column was first published on March 24, 2014
When House Speaker Gordon Fox banged the gavel to close last Thursdayâ€™s session of the House of Representatives, he had no idea he was performing that function for the last time.
In one whirlwind weekend, the State Police and federal agents raided Foxâ€™s home and his Statehouse offices, Fox resigned the speakership, and that touched off palace intrigue and plots to take the crown in political huddles in different parts of the state.
PAWTUCKETâ€”A Slater Junior High School teacher was charged Thursday with assaulting a 13-year-old student in an incident that allegedly occurred at the school on March 18.
The teacher has been identified as Richard C. Koster, 49, of 142 Warren Ave., Cranston.
Kathleen B. Messier
PAWTUCKET - Kathleen B. Messier of Pawtucket died on March 26, 2014 from complications associated with Alzheimers Disease. She was the wife of George Messier. They had been married 58 years.
Mrs. Messier was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (McCabe) Regan.